41 Women, Kids Die in Kuwait Wedding Blaze

Guests stampeded to party tent's only exit
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2009 12:34 PM CDT
People gather around the burnt debris after a fire broke out at a wedding tent on Saturday night Aug. 15, 2009 in Kuwait City, Kuwait.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A fire at a wedding near Kuwait City claimed the lives of 35 women and six children today, the BBC reports. Another 60 women and children were also injured as a tent holding the wedding caught fire and caved in over the course of just 3 minutes, causing a brutal stampede to the lone exit. Separate wedding parties in Kuwait are held for men and women, with children attending the women’s celebration.